It’s your choice

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Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 12 Nov 2008 at 16:31

It’s your choice, take it or leave it.

It’s your choice, you better believe it.

Does anyone else remember that irritating gameshow that was on CCV (for that matter does anyone remember the channel CCV?) years and years ago. It featured the boere-Pamela Anderson – Patricia Lewis – and some guy who always wore a beanie and was always as excited as Steve Hofmeyr when his wife isn’t at home. In a nutshell, the show consisted of contestants choosing the prize that was in front of them, for example a R30 toaster, or what was behind door #4. That normally consisted of a R20 toaster.

This is the last photo of her on this blog ever, I swear

I’m bringing this up (no pun intended to “He who must not be named”) because we are facing an extremely difficult choice as South Africans at the moment. Before 2008 the most difficult choice put before all of mankind was “Are you a Beatles fan or an Elvis man?” Before you answer that one in a hurry, think about it. You can only have one…But after the Super 14 of 2008 an even more difficult choice has popped into my head. The debate on no.8 has completely overshadowed the US elections around braais around South Africa in recent weeks.

If you think 300 million Americans had a tough choice between Barrack Obama and that old, bald dude, it’s nothing compared to Pierre Spies vs. Ryan Kankowski. No other country in the world has the problem we are fortunate enough to have in selecting an eighthman for our Springboks. The talent, power, skill and X-factor ( I hate that word. It’s my 3rd most hated word after “7de” and Laan) these two players possess.

Before the World Cup I felt Spies was on his way to becoming the rugby world’s superstar. I thought the World Cup was his for the taking. Surely he would run over Johnny Wilkinson, do a 360 degree turn and run over him again. Surely he would sidestep Dan Carter on the way to the World Cup winning try, rip off his one nipple and put it in his pocket as a 2007 momento. But sadly, after illness ended his dream of winning the World Cup and selling Dan’s nipple on Ebay, Spies has struggled to regain his form. And a Russian sounding Shark has given us his view of what an all round 8th man should be. The skill and speed shown by Kankowski in the Super 14 and Currie Cup has been second to none. In my opinion Kanko is the better no.8 and I would choose him for team reasons. He is a better link between the pack and the backs than Spies is. He would be able to create half gaps and put Schalk and Juan Smith into gaps with his supreme ball handling skills. And on current form he beats Spies in most departments. The only reason I’m still doubting who should start is… Do you remember what Spies did to England last year? So we know what he can do. It seems Spies needs confidence to play a good game. If that’s all that is wrong, sign him up for a local under 9 game in Edinburgh and let him score 10 tries, just get his confidence up again. Or tell him he’s the best player in the world all day long.

Kankowski for the first 60 minutes and Spies, with his extra speed, for the last 20 is what I would choose instead of the current way we’re going about it. It’s the most difficult question I’ve heard since Homer Simpson asked Ned Flanders, “Could Jesus microwave a burrito so hot that He Himself could not eat it?” If you were the person in charge of selecting the Bok starting team for Saturday, who would you start at 8? Let me ask that in another way. If you had a moustache, looked like Asterix and spoke in a helium based voice, would you pick Spies or Kankowski?

I think I’ll go for Kankowski, please Patricia.

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  • awesome work – thanks, Bam and welcome to Sharksworld.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.11.08 16:56:12 by robdylan Reply
  • Good work boytjie!

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.11.08 17:06:43 by PJLD Reply
  • Indeed. Any man who can work the Simpsons, Lewis and Elvis in to a rugby article is worth the read. Welcome. Rob will never stop hounding you to write 😆

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.11.08 17:13:26 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 3) : woof woof 🙂

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.11.08 17:16:54 by robdylan Reply
  • “It’s my 3rd most hated word after “7de” and Laan”

    dude, funniest line i have heard in a while. great work.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.11.08 17:17:15 by knersboy Reply
  • @knersboy (Comment 5) : you can’t say I don’t go out of my way to recruit the freshest blogging talent to Sharksworld 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.11.08 17:24:32 by robdylan Reply
  • BUT rob spies has better lats!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.11.08 22:24:36 by beez Reply
  • BUT Rob, Spies has better lats…

    Some punctuation makes more sense

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.11.08 22:25:23 by beez Reply
  • @beez (Comment 8) : much better 🙂

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.11.08 00:29:56 by robdylan Reply
  • The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.11.08 08:19:28 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 10) :

    Phew!! I thought you banned me… 🙄

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.11.08 08:25:14 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • ROB….where is my picture??? 🙁

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.11.08 08:26:02 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 11) : sorry chick… little gremlin. It’s fixed now.

    Typical that it happens this morning… I’m already in such a rush.

    See you guys MUCH later

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.11.08 08:26:27 by robdylan Reply
  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 12) : aaaah… good point. Let me see

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.11.08 08:27:01 by robdylan Reply
  • better?

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.11.08 08:29:52 by robdylan Reply
  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 11) :

    I was suspecting my connection 😥 Been shitty lately

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.11.08 08:33:46 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @robdylan (Comment 15) :

    Ja – thanks Robsie…just waiting for my new pic to be approved… 😉

    @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) :

    I really thought I was tickets!! Banned 4 eva! 😈

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.11.08 08:37:55 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 17) :

    Hey Patricia

    Press “Ctrl & F5” at the same time and your pic should show.

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.11.08 08:40:36 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 11) :
    😆 Me too…Good mornin’

    I had good comments for this article…but now I’ve forgotten all of them. The good thing is that I voted on the poll again…twice :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.11.08 08:43:37 by Kamov Ka50 - blckshrk Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • Well, to answer his question… Kankowski of course!!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.11.08 08:44:55 by CS Reply
  • But I have a feeling our helium voiced Asterix impersonator probably can’t say big words like “Kankowski”… mainly cos he can’t speak Russian, so I fear we’re stuck with Spies on the team sheet for a while.

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.11.08 08:47:29 by CS Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) :

    You like??? hey?? hey?? :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.11.08 08:51:58 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 22) :

    Sorry but I am afraid not. 🙁

    She and Joost’s wife must be the most “plastic” people in SA.

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.11.08 08:54:14 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) :

    if she was American she’d be someone from the deep south trying to have aires and graces.

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.11.08 08:54:57 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) :

    Hahaha ! I echo that!! At least this pic really give me rope to hang myself! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.11.08 08:55:11 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • …and now my old pic makes an appearance 🙄

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.11.08 08:55:37 by Kamov Ka50 - blckshrk Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) :

    Oh….and I am jus coming to the party dressed in the theme…

    BTW – I think the SHOW was…”Money or the box?”

  • Comment 27, posted at 13.11.08 08:59:39 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • @Kamov Ka50 – blckshrk (Comment 26) : Sorry guys. Did an upgrade last night and may inadvertently have screwed the user pics. Will sort it this evening

  • Comment 28, posted at 13.11.08 09:00:43 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 28) :

    is this beta versions?

  • Comment 29, posted at 13.11.08 09:01:44 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 29) : Ooh, ouch 🙂 Test, my beauties, test!

  • Comment 30, posted at 13.11.08 09:03:56 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : minor side-effects then…

  • Comment 31, posted at 13.11.08 09:05:17 by Kamov Ka50 - blckshrk Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @Kamov Ka50 – blckshrk (Comment 31) : It’s the old ‘just because it works in dev…’ rule 🙂

  • Comment 32, posted at 13.11.08 09:08:00 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 30) :


  • Comment 33, posted at 13.11.08 09:09:05 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • @Kamov Ka50 – blckshrk (Comment 31) :

    Oh John!… 😎 or is it *MR* Smit?

  • Comment 34, posted at 13.11.08 09:11:03 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • I am faceless…again… 🙁

  • Comment 35, posted at 13.11.08 09:18:12 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • Ask KSA to approve it?

  • Comment 36, posted at 13.11.08 09:21:24 by robdylan Reply
  • KSA…please approve my pic… 😀

  • Comment 37, posted at 13.11.08 09:24:37 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 35) :

    Only happens if you keep changing your pic. 😛

  • Comment 38, posted at 13.11.08 09:25:16 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 38) :

    I reckon this one really suites me… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 39, posted at 13.11.08 09:27:05 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 39) :

    is that YOU or is that what old men look like when they see you? 😛

  • Comment 40, posted at 13.11.08 09:33:21 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 40) :

    GROSSSSS!!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    I reckon that is a methaphorical picture ( 😆 )..I am blonde, highly intelligent, but “verstrooid” and full of fun… :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Only thing is…I am not (That) old… 😉

  • Comment 41, posted at 13.11.08 09:37:45 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • Hi KSA… can you approve mine too please. I’m still “faceless”

  • Comment 42, posted at 13.11.08 09:40:06 by CS Reply
  • @CS (Comment 42) :

    it shows up as you not having loaded one. I have approved the blank though. 😉

  • Comment 43, posted at 13.11.08 09:43:13 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Gee thanks 😀

  • Comment 44, posted at 13.11.08 09:48:09 by CS Reply
  • Back to the article….i liek your style! (yes! I actually read it!) 😉

  • Comment 45, posted at 13.11.08 09:55:43 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • @CS (Comment 44) :

    Okay sorted now. 😉

  • Comment 46, posted at 13.11.08 10:02:04 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 46) : What happened to Smiteonidas? 👿

  • Comment 47, posted at 13.11.08 10:15:08 by Kamov Ka50 - blckshrk Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @Kamov Ka50 – blckshrk (Comment 47) : ❓ ❓

  • Comment 48, posted at 13.11.08 10:27:09 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 46) : Hi hi…thanks.

  • Comment 49, posted at 13.11.08 10:27:34 by Kamov Ka50 - blckshrk Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • I’d be very surprised if Spies is actually faster than Kanko.

    He might’ve been earlier in his career before putting on all that muscle but right now I really do think Kanko is quicker.

  • Comment 50, posted at 13.11.08 12:04:54 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Sorry Manne I pick Powell after saturday. The way he showed that 2 the bus is full was a shame to watch and maybe Luke Watson would be better in this regard. 😉

    If I have to pick between the two I’ll pick Kankowski. For me the Brute lot plays on reputation in the Bok team.

  • Comment 51, posted at 13.11.08 14:17:11 by PaarlBok Reply
  • Well Spies cleared the rucks very well on the weekend adn really got into teh thick of things…
    Plus he has the other stuff…so I’d say Spies to do what he did last week and then Kanko with his pace and step…

  • Comment 52, posted at 13.11.08 17:30:22 by Hmmm Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 50) :

    If not mistaken he weighed 110kg before he got ill and now weighs 106kg…
    So I donno about that!??!

  • Comment 53, posted at 13.11.08 17:35:04 by Hmmm Reply
  • That explains why he is looking a bit weak…he is missing the 4 k’s…

  • Comment 54, posted at 13.11.08 17:40:16 by Kamov Ka50 - blckshrk Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • It’s got to be Kanko for me. I just can’t stand it when players bounce of Spies when he tries to tackle.Spies also tries to run over defender instead of around them.

  • Comment 55, posted at 13.11.08 17:42:18 by Pokkel Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
  • Not like anybody would miss my picture anyway 🙄

  • Comment 56, posted at 13.11.08 17:43:30 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Nobody has mentioned Spies running in the Welsh #13 and making a try saving tackle..not many 8s that can do that..but..that was pretty much it.

  • Comment 57, posted at 13.11.08 17:57:12 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 57) :

    Don’t forget your SB picks for the Guinness premiership.

  • Comment 58, posted at 13.11.08 18:10:42 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @Pokkel (Comment 56) :

    You gotta load a new one. it seems yours is one of the ones that went AWOL during the upgrade. 🙁

    Sorry mate, there was a small hitch.

  • Comment 59, posted at 13.11.08 18:12:55 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Is it true, Du Preez is injured and not playing Sat? 👿

  • Comment 60, posted at 13.11.08 18:27:14 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 60) :

    Haven’t seen that anywhere. 😯

    Where’d you see that?

  • Comment 61, posted at 13.11.08 18:28:39 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 61) : Keo. 😈

  • Comment 62, posted at 13.11.08 18:29:47 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 62) :
    They are usually pretty reliable.

    So what happens now. Ricky to 9 and no scrummy on the bench?

  • Comment 63, posted at 13.11.08 18:33:10 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 63) : That’s what it sounds like. No other option really. 😐

  • Comment 64, posted at 13.11.08 18:34:22 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 64) :

    Let me put something up quickly.

  • Comment 65, posted at 13.11.08 18:36:22 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 58) :

    Thanks KSA , will get onto it.

  • Comment 66, posted at 13.11.08 18:37:28 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
  • hey where my pic go…?

  • Comment 67, posted at 13.11.08 18:48:39 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 67) :

    you changed it so I have to approve the new one. 😉


  • Comment 68, posted at 13.11.08 18:51:12 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • oh thanks…whats with approving it now..getting fancy hey 😉

  • Comment 69, posted at 13.11.08 18:53:42 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 69) :

    just a setting. 😆

    We have “had” to do that all along but it was set to auto approve. Will probably be setting the new one to that as well. 😉

  • Comment 70, posted at 13.11.08 18:55:26 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • No worries..gotta watch some of these handle pics..especially Mclovins.. 😛

  • Comment 71, posted at 13.11.08 19:06:32 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 71) :

    Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!! next thing we know we are overrun by Pink Loerie attendees. 😛

  • Comment 72, posted at 13.11.08 19:09:16 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Andre Watson will be on Boots & all tonight. 😎

  • Comment 73, posted at 13.11.08 19:26:46 by KSA Shark © Reply
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